Rays sign reliever Kyle Farnsworth
UPDATE, 3:43: Farnsworth, 34, will bring velocity and a certain toughness to the bullpen. In an ESPN The Magazine poll of major-leaguers, he was the clear "winner" as the player others would least want to fight, and was featured in an accompanying story that called him the baddest man in baseball.
Farnsworth split last season between the Royals and Braves, and overall was 3-2, 3.34 in 60 games. He has done most of his work in middle relief despite his overpowering fastball, with just 27 career saves in 12 seasons. Overall he has a career 4.39 ERA over 12 seasons with the Cubs, Tigers, Braves, Yankees and Royals.
UPDATE, 12:01: The Rays have agreed to a deal with Farnsworth, but the team has no announcement planned today so it may not be final yet.
DEVELOPING: The Rays have agreed to a one-year deal with reliever Kyle Farnsworth, according to ESPN's Buster Olney. Farnsworth will get $3.25 million and has a 2012 option that could push the value of the deal to $6 million. There is no confirmation of the deal from the Rays yet.
(ESPN The Magazine photo)